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carry out

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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theycarry out
he/she/itcarries out
present participlecarrying out
past tensecarried out
past participlecarried out
  1. to do a particular piece of work, research etc

    The building work was carried out by a local contractor.

    An investigation is being carried out by the prison governor.

    1. a.
      to do something that you have said you will do or that you have been told to do

      I expect my instructions to be carried out to the letter.

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